Wristwatch Repairer Job Description

February 17, 2011 | By More

Wristwatch Repairer Job Profile and Description

Also called watchmakers or horologists, Watch Repairers troubleshoot, clean and use precision tools to adjust, repair and overhaul mechanical wristwatch movements of all types, brands and price ranges.  Many are also self-trained in servicing digital quartz wristwatch movements.  Many are freelance repairers while others are employed in authorized service centers of noted brands like Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Seiko, etc.  Some are also known to specialize in specific brands or movements.

Wristwatch Repairer Duties and Responsibilities

  • Discuss with client on perceived problems with the watch and provide indicative estimate if problem is known.
  • Disassemble wristwatch movement parts and inspect them for worn, misaligned, or rusty parts, using loupes.
  • Using the right jeweler tools and magnifying eye loupes, repair or replace damaged, broken, or deteriorated parts with the use of lathes, drill presses, and hand tools.
  • Clean watch parts with prescribed cleaning solvents or subject them to ultrasound watch cleaning machines.
  • Reassemble movement parts and perform calibration and observation for a period of time prior to being cleared for return to the customer.
  • Test wristwatch performance, reliability and accuracy using meters and other electronic measuring instruments.

Wristwatch Repairer Skills and Specifications

  • Ability to make precise hand-eye coordination and hand dexterity in handling minute parts
  • Ability to make quick and accurate troubleshooting
  • Excellent organizational skill in putting small parts of a wristwatch in proper location for easy retrieval when needed.
  • High ability to see details in close proximity.


Wristwatch Repairer Education and Qualification

  • A high school diploma is basic but a vocational course in watch technology or Horography is preferred.
  • A Certified Watchmaker title is an advantage.
  • 3-5 years experience in calibrating mechanical precision instruments or repairing clocks is an advantage.
  • 2-3 years experience in watch repair for certain brands is an advantage


Wristwatch Repairer Salary

The median annual wage for salaried Watch Repairers stood at $18.72 per hour or $37,680 in 2009. There’s wide disparity in wages between repair centers of  brands of watches.

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